Cheryl was my Practice Manager and Treatment Coordinator at Smile Design By Ash. She worked with me for many years. Cheryl was very talented in her role offering an outstanding “New Patient Journey” for our new patients. Part of this includes taking pre-operative digital photographs with a Nikon SLR camera. This saved me time as a Principal dentist and also allowed me the opportunity to discuss a patient’s dental condition and smile, once Cheryl had done the practice tour and the initial new patient interview.

Cheryl trained all our team members in photography and cosmetic imaging skills as these are vital skills that team members need in a modern, progressive private dental practice.

I strongly recommend any dentist or team member that is serious about effective patient communication through digital photography to learn from Cheryl. She has a practical approach to educating dentists and staff on photography, and this is the most important thing I feel. The goal is to take a full series of sharp and well framed digital photographs in only a few minutes using retractors, an occlusal mirror and black contrasters – Cheryl knows how to do this. Finally, she was also great at doing portrait photographs after we have completed our Smile Makeovers – this then gives us the opportunity to use photographs for marketing reasons and to show other patients. This is also an acquired skill and something that a cosmetic dental practice should offer.

- Ashish B Parmar - Dentist

As a course attendee of Focus Photography Training I can honestly say I am so much more confident in handling a camera and taking dental photographs for my dentist when needed!

He has definitely noticed and commented on a difference in my approach to taking photographs and the quality of the photos I am now taking.

Cheryl has made taking dental photographs less intimidating as I now understand the best way to get great results and the working of the camera as a whole! I no longer shy away from the camera and feel I have become a much more valid team member!

I would definitely recommend this course, Thank you Cheryl!

- Natalie Sidoli



I really enjoyed the course. I had  no previous experience of photography but the found the information provided throughout the day easy to understand Thank you Cheryl for an excellent day.

- Katie Jennings




Cheryl was really lovely and informative and had really good knowledge. I loved every minute. She even showed us her New Patient consultation tips at the end which is great for me as a treatment coordinator.

- Hannah Radford




Thank you Cheryl, the course was a lot of fun and I feel I learnt a lot.

- Lee-Anne Bedford

Cheryl was very knowledgable and patient. We all immediately felt at ease with her and since we were a small group, we got lots of practice and loads of fun too. Would highly recommend her.

- Bita Farzad


Highly recommend focus photography training if you are looking to improve your photography skills in dentistry! Cheryl is very professional and also very helpful and patient when teaching you how to master your skills. Very good for treatment coordinator’s and dentists to learn and improve on taking pictures to make before & afters look 10x better! Would definitely recommend! Thank you Cheryl!!

Melissa McMahon - Treatment Coordinator





Cheryl was a great trainer/presenter – knowledgeable and good fun

Bev Heckworth

You are very inspiring! The photography training was most useful and I also enjoyed learning about the TCO role too. I hope I am able to do some treatment coordinating in the near future myself as I have always very much enjoyed interacting with patients and making them feel at ease with their dental journey.





I enjoyed the day very much and thought Cheryl was an excellent trainer.

Paula Brennan


Cheryl was really friendly and made the course really fun. I would definitely recommend!

Chloe Gleadall



The course was very interesting and informative. We all expected something more mundane but it was presented well and in a relaxed atmosphere.

Hannah Randle



Thank you Cheryl so much for the great day of training, it was really informative & I learned so much. I am so much more confident now. Thank you so much.




Thank you very much for the informative training, I really enjoyed it and felt like I’ve taken good knowledge away from the course.

Clare Cooke



I loved this course, Cheryl was so lovely and very professional. The handouts were very good, I now feel a lot more confident with the different settings for dental photography. My dentist sees a lot of Invisalign & bonding patients so takes lots of photos, I am excited to show my dentist what I have learned.




I am very please with the outcome of todays session. I feel more confident with my photography skills. The hands on training will be a useful addition to documenting (photographically) new restorative techniques I will learn during my restorative post graduate training.

Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable. She makes sure you understand each step before continuing forward with the training and takes time to check your camera is on the correct setting for each set of photos.

Kanchan Grover




Thank you for a great day of training. I really enjoyed it and found it very useful.







I really enjoyed the training session and cant wait to put everything I learnt into practice on Monday.


Supporting Dentists and Dental Staff


Cheryl Tonkinson


07798 905 672



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